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This film by Inscape Animations tells the story of us all, whether we come from a family that’s stayed in the same area for generations, or have travelled halfway around the world in search of somewhere safe to live.

(9 mins, suitable for all ages)


Help them Feel at Home

Animated poem for younger learners with creative activities by Kazzum Arts.

(3 mins, age 5+)


My Name is not Refugee

A reading of Kate Milner’s book Join us as read about a young boy as he embarks on a journey with his mother.

(4 mins, age 3-8)


Space Refugees

A grandfather and granddaughter escape their ruined planet. By Claire Desenclos, Counterpoints Arts’ Moving Worlds programme.

(1o mins, age 8+)


What you Know about Patience?

Animated poem inspired by the experiences of young people seeking asylum in the UK, by Kazzum Arts.


Young people share their stories

Children and young people share their personal experiences of displacement, settling in the UK and hopes for the future in a series of new films by My Bright Kite.  Watch them here.

(12 short films, 11+)


North Star Fading

A ‘zoom animation’ inspired by the testimonies of four Eritrean refugees, by Positive Negatives. Some viewers may find scenes traumatic – teacher/ parental discretion advised. The art is by Karrie Fransman and the words by Lula Mebrahtu.

(6 mins, recommended age 11+)


Dear Habib

Dear Habib is a short animation sharing the true story of a young, unaccompanied child migrant called Habib. Co-produced by Habib himself, along with Majid Adin and PositiveNegatives. The animation brings to life the incredible challenges, and opportunities, that young unaccompanied child migrants face.

(4 mins, age 11+)


I am just like you

Made by Kazzum for Refugee Week 2016 and dedicated to the many children and young people fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Ideal for secondary schools.

A Life On Hold

An Amnesty International film about Omar who at 13 years old was forced to flee his home in Somalia.

Suitable for students 12+

Rain is Beautiful

A short film continuing Omar’s story and his resettlement in Sweden where he receives aid for wounds sustained under war and torture.

Suitable for students 12+


A seven-minute animated film from UNHCR, with teacher notes, tackling themes such as cultural differences and exile in a child-friendly way. Designed for children aged 5 – 8.

Ruth’s story: One child refugee’s journey from Eritrea to England

“Ruth was 14 when she left her home country of Eritrea in east Africa.” 4-minute animation from BBC Newsround/Fettle Animation. Watch it here

Stories of child refugees by the Refugee Council

Three short animations featuring child refugees sharing their stories in their own words.

Short films about refugees recommended by human rights educators

Seven films on the reality of life as a refugee recommended by Amnesty International’s human rights education network.